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Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycænidæ


Published 1862
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Issued in parts

Specimen of a catalogue of Lycænidæ in the British Museum (London : Printed by order of the Trustees, 1862) has separate t.p. and paging, and was apparently issued in a larger paper size than the rest of the publication, although typically trimmed to 28 cm. when bound together with the other parts of the text volume

"The Trustees of the British Museum having declined to proceed with my Catalogue of the Lycænidæ, I [i.e. Hewitson] have thought it best to continue these illustrations as a separate work .... To make this new work as complete as it is now in my power to do, I have incorporated all the species of Lycænidæ mentioned in the British Museum catalogue, making a few corrections, and introducing the new species of Amblypodia in their proper places." --Preface, p. [iii] of v. 1

Hewitson died during publication. H.G. Smith finished seeing the work through the press, assisted by W.F. Kirby (who prepared the index to the whole work) and Rippon (serving as lithographer for illustrations drawn by Hewitson). See "Postscript" of v. 1

"Printed by Taylor and Francis" --Verso of t.p

Some of the text leaves and plates have individual dates of publication

"This work may be bound either in one or two volumes. A separate titlepage is given for the plates" --Instructions for the binder, v. 1

Cancels were issued for p. 37, 151, 185, and 209, as well as for the t.p. for the volume of plates (dated 1863). The Cullman Library copy has the cancelled pages bound in together with their replacment pages

The plates are signed by the printers: Hullmandel & Walton; and M. & N. Hanhart

Plates numbered LXXXVI and LXXXVII were not issued

Includes bibliographical references and indexes

v. 1. Text - - v. 2. Plates

Nissen, C. Zoologische Buchillustration

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SCNHRB copy (v. 1, 39088015259930; v. 2, 39088015259963) has bookplate: Collection of William Schaus, presented to the National Museum MCMV; with embossed stamp: Smithsonian Institution National Museum; accession no. for both volumes: 199637

SCNHRB copy of v. 2 has laid in: the excised lower part of a plate, captioned at bottom: 1, 2 Corydon Boisduvalii, a. Foreleg, b. Hindleg. W.C. Hewitson del. et lith. Jan[uar]y 1869, M. & N. Hanhart imp

SCNHRB copy has a few ms. pencil markings and brief annotations throughout

SCNHRB copy of v. 1 (text) has a later brown half-leather binding with marbled paper boards; gilt-tooled spine; raised bands; reddish-brown endpapers; and top edge gilt. Volume 2 (plates) has a modern brown half-leather binding with green paper boards; raised bands; and top edge gilt; with the [original?] gilt-tooled, old leather binder's label mounted on the spine


Volume v 1
Publisher London : John Van Voorst
Pages 342
Language English
Call number 39088015259930
Digitizing sponsor Smithsonian Libraries
Book contributor Smithsonian Libraries
Collection biodiversity; americana
Notes Cullman Library (rare book)

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